Cross Bones Graveyard, Southwark, London. Final resting place of the ‘outcast dead’. For more info see here…
The Johnny Cash Project
I have clearly been living under a rock, as I have only just stumbled across this. And what is ‘this’? An international collaborative art project that YOU can be a part of!
Through this interactive website, participants may draw their own portrait of Johnny Cash to be integrated into a collective whole. As people all over the world contribute, the project will continue to evolve and grow, one frame at a time.
Submit your drawing to become a part of the new music video for the song ‘Ain’t No Grave’. Strung together and relayed in sequence your art, paired with Johnny’s haunting song, will become a living, moving and ever changing portrait of the legendary Man in Black.
Such a beautiful idea and the video thus far is just simply stunning. Check it out now!
Ghost Bikes are small and somber memorials for bicyclists who are killed or hit on the street. A bicycle is painted all white and locked to a street sign near the crash site, accompanied by a small plaque. They serve as reminders of the tragedy that took place on an otherwise anonymous street corner, and as quiet statements in support of cyclists’ right to safe travel.
The first ghost bikes were created in St. Louis, Missouri in 2003. Currently there are over 500 ghost bikes that have since appeared in over 180 locations throughout the world. For those who create and install the memorials, the death of a fellow bicyclist hits home. We all travel the same unsafe streets and face the same risks; it could just as easily be any one of us. Each time we say we hope to never have to do it again — but we remain committed to making these memorials as long as they are needed.
Ever seen a white bike chained to a railing and wondered what that was all about? It’s a ghost bike and this great website explains all.
Via the Death Reference Desk
Praise the Lord and Pass the Cremated Remains Filled Ammunition…
So yeah. I had heard about people loading ammunition with human cremated remains and then shooting the ammo but I did not know, until this week, that a company would do it for you.
And based on the reaction of my British friends (I live in England), many people still do not believe it is possible. And/or, the loading of live gun ammunition with human cremated remains is a distinctly American form of memorialization. Not unlike spelling memorialization with a ‘z’ instead of an ‘s’.
Take that Red Coats!
But I digress.
Here at the Death Reference Desk we believe in presenting the full monty when it comes to contemporary forms of postmortem memorials. So a company such as Holy Smoke is due some respect for combining two of America’s great past times: shooting bullets and capitalism. Not necessarily in that order.
But lo, what might you receive when purchasing Holy Smoke’s ammo? Well, their website explains it all…
Click the ammo for the full article!
E-Tomb Memorialises the Dead with Social Networking
Memorializing the deceased with Facebook mausoleums may offer some digital consolation to bereaved friends and family, but a new product concept called the ‘E-Tomb’ has taken the idea of post-mortem social networking to an entirely new (and creepily literal) level.
Designed by Huang Jianbo, Zhao Ting, Wang Yushan, Ran Xiangfei and Mo Ran, the E-Tomb sort of looks like a cross between a tombstone and an external hard-drive — and, essentially, that’s what it is. Solar panels at the top of the tombstone power the device’s storage mechanism, which holds all of the blogs, Facebook posts, photos and videos that the grave’s occupant ever posted online.
All this information is accessible via a cross-shaped Bluetooth key on the face of the headstone, allowing friends and family to revisit the deceased’s archived online material from their mobile phones, and post their own personal anecdotes to the hard drive. It may sound strange to bury someone with their archived online history, but, for people who spend just about every waking moment online, it sort of makes sense. Excuse us as we go rewrite our wills.
Memorial dedicated to witch-hunt victims…
Norway’s Queen Sonja recently travelled to the village of Vardoe to officially inaugurate a memorial to women and men unjustly burned at the stake for witchcraft in the 17th century. Between 1598 and 1692, some 135 people were accused of being witches - including children - with 91 people killed in Vardoe alone.
The memorial, designed by Swiss architect Peter Zumthor, consists of a long hall lined with plaques of 77 women and 14 men accused of heresy or collusion with the devil. US artist Louise Bourgeois has also created an artwork upon the site where, according to legend, the accused were burned at the stake.
Clicking the photo takes you to more images of the memorial, although the site is in Norwegian!